2018 Schedule

The class of 2018 will kick of July 21, 2018 with a welcome reception and dinner. 
Graduation  will then be on January 19th, 2019.


Tuesday, August 7
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Park Maintenance, Historic Preservation & Fire Management

We will visit the Appalachian Clubhouse and Spence Cabin at Elkmont to learn about the park’s maintenance operation, preservation of the historic structures, trail maintenance and fire management. Lunch provided. Meet at Elkmont Historic District at 8:30 am.


Tuesday, August 21
8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Let’s go Fishing

Join the park’s Fishery biologist and crew as they sample populations of fish species along the  spectacular Abrams Creek in Cades Cove. Waders and lunch provided. Meet at Cades Cove Ranger Station/campground office at 8:30 am.


Tuesday, September 4
1:00 PM - 8:30 pm

Resource Protection & Wildlife Management

Learn about Resource Protection, participate in a fabulous interpretive program, and join wildlife biologists to learn about the mammals in the Cades Cove and how they are managed. Then spend the evening with us to see the night like you have never seen before with night vision scope used for sighting wildlife at night. Dinner provided. Meet at Cades Cove Ranger Station at 1:00 pm.


Thursday, October 18
8:30 am – 2:30 pm)

Air Quality & Exotics

The park Air Quality Specialist & park Forester will present two of the most critical issues affecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will then visit the University of Tennessee Entomology Lab to learn about the little defenders of the park. Lunch provided. Meet at Look Rock parking lot along the Foothills Parkway at 8:30 am or at Eagle Rock at 7:30 am for breakfast.


Thursday, November 8
8:30 am – 2:30 pm

A Visitor Center, a Science Center and our park partners

Gain insight into the National Park Service's busiest Visitor Center, have a Q&A session with the park superintendent, meet our park partners, tour the Science Center at Twin Creeks and dabble in the stream for aquatic invertebrates. Lunch provided.  Meet at Sugarlands Visitor Center at 8:30 am.


Tuesday, December 4
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

A trip to Tremont & a tour of the park’s Collection Preservation Center.

Join the Executive Director and staff at Tremont Institute and become a kid again. See how they connect people and nature. After lunch we will tour the new Preservation building with the park’s museum curator which stores historical items from the park’s vast collection.  Pay for lunch at the cafeteria. Meet at 8:30 am at Tremont.